"The definition of good parenting and good teachingOppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
is being responsive to the hand you've been dealt,"
Dr. Ross Greene says.
Teaching a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder can be frustrating, challenging and exhausting. However, it is important to remember that the student is suffering, too. These students have mental or emotional deficits that may be a result of stress at home, economic disadvantages, conflicting parenting styles, or even negligence or neurochemical imbalances. They are not acting this way just to make everyone else miserable – even though it may sometimes seem that way! Though these students can be disruptive or upsetting, there are useful strategies for helping them act appropriately. Another point to remember is that these students need structure: rules, laws, rewards, punishment, love, guidance, and a sense of safety.